Derek Jarman's final film, from 1994
includes brief Toyah footage from filming
Jubilee in 1977. View a great
article on it at Dangerous
...a prelude to Jubilee, a young
flame-haired Toyah Willcox, The Sex
Pistols, Jordan and a dress rehearsal for
what will become The Last of England, as
she pirouettes around a burning Union
Jack, Adam Ant, hair-cutting, the Silver
Glitterbug Derek Jarmans Super 8
films, with Andrew Logan, Duggie Fields,
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clark, Adam Ant,
Toyah Willcox, William Burroughs and
Genesis P. Orridge. Music by Brian Eno,
specially commissioned for this film.
Kylie channels her inner Toyah: Kylie
Minogue is celebrating the 25th
anniversary of her music career this
year, "K25". I'm not sure how
recent this photo is, though it does have
the anniversary logo on it. There's
definitely a Toyah, circa 1981, influence
going on. The 'TITM' swirls &
hairpiece, the 'GMU' braids, the forehead
(and my friend since the beginning of
Dreamscape) Sabine Bode from Germany has
started her own comedy show. Sabine takes
to the stage to the sound of Toyah's
'Sensational' from 2008's 'In The Court
Of The Crimson Queen'.
Toyah on TV (in Sweden): Toyah's
edition of Celebrity Fantasy Homes
airs on BBC Lifestyle, Friday 6th April
Rare 1987 Photo #2
me run riot of colour, over you...
wait 25 years and then, not one but, two
very rare photos of Toyah from 1987 (a
year I prefer to refer to as "the
'Desire' era" :)) surface.
This one is from an official
EG print, and, as with all of the
fantastic 'Desire' promotional
photography, is likely to have been taken
by Carrie Branovan.
If I was wealthy I would
definitely publish a Toyah Photo Book: 'Visions'.
Full sessions, rare photos, outtakes...
Every coffee table would want one!
Toyah's amazing visual imagery, both past
and present, really should be captured
for posterity. Anyway, back to reality!
(Thanks to Michael for this great photo)
with Jonathan Ross
The full edition of Tonight
with Jonathan Ross, which originally
aired on Channel 4 in January 1991, with
Toyah guesting is available to watch at
'You Tube'. Watch here
and click below to view larger versions
of the caps.
From Chris/Win 'IWATTF' T-Shirt
brilliant photos of, 'I Was A Teenage
Toyah Fan' author, Chris Limb and Toyah.
One of each from the last four decades.
an 'I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan - Were
You?' t-shirt. Visit the book's Facebook
page for more details. More info on the
book over at toyah.org
To Earth: New Beginnings
you to those of you who have already been
in touch to say you approve of 'Falling
To Earth'. It's really great of you to
take the time.
also to Paul, Chris
for adding links to their websites, and
also to everyone who has visited this
page over the last few days. It's been
As well as visitors from all
over the UK, 'Falling To Earth' has also
received visits from Portugal, USA,
France, Germany, Hungary, Finland,
Thailand, Australia, Ireland, Spain,
Belgium, New Zealand, Canada,
Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, Iceland,
Denmark, Italy, Malta and South Africa.
Hello to all of you. Good to know there
is interest in Toyah all over the world.
Please favourite ieya.co.uk
and return for regular Toyahlicious news
updates, trivia and sporadic retrotastic
posts celebrating "Classic
Queen on Canvas
great 'Crimson Queen' Toyah art by Cliff
Matthews is worth another look. It's
available to buy: £285 (70x50cm,
acrylics on box canvas), and Toyah
herself has saw the painting and given it
her seal of approval and trademark
"Big Love" autograph. View the
and Toyah with Cliff, here.
It would be good if the same could happen
with Mark Satchwill's amazing works of
the photo exhibition in aid of
Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity,
opened at the Strand Gallery, London on
the 7th March.
The exhibition features over 60 pictures
of some of the most successful and
creative women singers from the last six
decades. The pictures, all taken by women
photographers, are a mix of candid and
intimate backstage scenes, sensitive and
stylised portraits, through to the
excitement and raw power of live
It's highly likely that the photograph of
Toyah and Jenny Runacre, from 1977, by
Caroline Coon is included in the
exhibition. View further info on
There are also recent online press
articles on the exhibition by The
The revised tour dates for
'The Changeling Resurrection' are
confirmed and Toyah tweeted yesterday:
"2'day I officially start
learning the tour set. Its meaty, its
chewy, its deep, its dark, its moody, its
dance-able". Get ready for the
Madhatter's tea party: The Resurrection
Toyah: Rare(ish) Photos
A few rare-ish Toyah photos.
Three lesser seen variations from
well-known 1980 ('The Face') and 1981
photo sessions, plus great live shots
from The Changeling Tour' and the
'Warrior Rock Mini Tour' from July &
December '82. Click on each to view
larger. (Thanks to Andi)
Is Not Retro: New Website
Music. All Grown Up. 'Remember The
Eighties' website was relaunched today
and is now 'This Is Not Retro'. The site
is looking great and is packed full of
news, interviews, reviews and much more.
There is also substantial Toyah content,
including four interviews. Visit 'This Is
Not Retro' here
and click below for lots of Toyah.
Steve Lillywhite, producer of 'The
Changeling' and numerous other great
albums, by among many others, Morrissey,
U2 and The Chameleons, was recently
awarded a CBE. (Thanks to Stephen
documentary series The Tube,
behind the scenes of London Underground,
this week featured the underground's most
unusual employee, a hawk called Toyah. If
you missed it The Tube is
repeated tonight at 11.20pm on BBC2.
(Thanks to Paul Johnson)
It looks like Remember
will be returning very shortly. The new
website is currently "99%
Lytham St Annes: Proms Festival
Proms Festival Weekends three day event
line-up is now complete, with Friday 3rd
welcoming Here and Now The Very
Best of The 80s and Saturday
4th Alfie Boe- Last Night of the
winner of local talent competition
Fyldes Got Talent will perform
alongside Olly Murs on Sunday night.
Friday 3rd August 2012 - Here and
Now, The Very Best of the 80s
A fantastic selection of iconic 80s
popstars will headline the opening night
of Lytham Proms Festival Weekend 2012.
Here and Now, The Very Best of the
80s will feature stars:
Bananarama, Rick Astley, The Real Thing,
Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Curiosity Killed
the Cat and TPau in what is dubbed
as being the Fylde Coasts biggest
Festival 2011: Toyah Interview
Toyah played 'The Magical
Faerie Festival' last April in
Canterbury. An interview from then has
just been uploaded to 'You Tube'. Toyah
talks punk, steampunk, acting, Canterbury
and fairy wings. Click below to view.
Changeling Resurrection: Glasgow
Classic Grand website has now been
updated with the new Glasgow date for
'The Changeling Resurrection': 12th
October. It also reiterates what Toyah
said in her tweet on Tuesday: "20th
April tickets valid for 12th Oct".
Stroke Association: 20th
black-tie event promises a fabulous night
out including reception drinks, a
delicious three course dinner and superb
entertainment including the fantastic
Toyah Willcox to get you dancing the
Join us on Saturday 19 May 2012 for The
Stroke Associations 20th
Anniversary Ball at Radisson Blu Hotel in
the beautiful City of Durham.
Tickets are £45 per person or £450 for
a table of 10. Dont miss out,
tables are selling fast! Book your
tickets online today! For more
information please contact Janet Price on
0191 492 6191 or at
Rock The Moor 2012: Updates
the official flyer for 'Let's Rock The
Moor!' Summer 2012, the one day festival
that includes Toyah in its line-up.
Rock The Moor!', taking place in Cookham,
Berkshire on Saturday 12th May, has also
had more bands added. Nick Heyward and
Modern Romance are both now also on the
The festival's website has
also been updated. Visit it here.
View a larger version of the official
From the website:
Lets Rock The Moor! will be
returning for its 4th year on Saturday
May 12th, with an action packed day of
live music at this Boutique, Family
Friendly, 80's Festival. Now relocated on
to a much larger site, Billy Ocean, Go
West, Heaven 17, Boney M, Toyah, Nick
Heyward, China Crisis and Modern Romance
are all confirmed. Set in the picturesque
village of Cookham in Berkshire, this
event has plenty to do for everyone!
Rock The Moor 2012: Win Tickets
one of three Family Tickets to 'Let's
Rock the Moor 2012'.
Lets Rock The Moor! will be
returning for its 4th year on Saturday
May 12 with a massive 80s line up
and plenty to do for everyone! Families
Online has three sets of family tickets
to giveaway for this great event in
Go here to
enter the competition. Closing date - 9am
April 10th 2012.
Was A Teenage Toyah Fan: The
bought and read the, ruddy excellent,
book... so why not go one step further
and be loud, proud and seen in your 'I
Was A Teenage Toyah Fan - Were You?'
t-shirt. There are numerous colours to
choose from. Go here
for more details on how to add the
'IWATTF' to your t-shirt collection.
Vintage: Toyah Talks Lou
eighth song choice from My Vintage,
'Walk On The Wild Side'.
"When I was about 14 I was just so
rebellious, you just could not contain me
whatsoever. I was still going to school
because my mother drove me to school
every day, and then they kind of locked
the gates so I couldn't get out. In the
weekends my parents allowed my brother
and myself relative freedom, and we had a
caravan in Worcestershire, and my
brother, who was older than me, could
drive at this time so at midnight we'd
drive off, and we'd go and see midnight
movies in Worcestershire..."
Read the full transcript of the reasons
for this song choice here.
Welcome to something new.
'Falling To Earth', an online Toyah
Newsletter. Crammed full of Toyah news
and nothing but news. www.ieya.co.uk
features, no outlandish archives, just a
"back to basics" Toyah news
service for the many who have contacted
me to say they are missing toyah.net's
news. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio: Keith Middleton Show
Toyah is listed as
a guest on BBC Radio's The Keith
Middleton Show on Saturday 31st
March. Keith's show airs on BBC Radio
Shropshire and a number of other BBC
stations broadcasting in The Midlands.
Keith Middleton Show: BBC Radio
Shropshire: Sat 31st March: 9pm
Keith is joined by Toyah Willcox, Hazel
O'Connor and Annabella Lwin (of Bow Wow
Wow) for a 'Punk Extravaganza'. Is there
a punk track you haven't heard for a
while? Let Keith know and he'll do his
best to play it...
Toyah has previously guested on Keith's
show in November 2010 and July 2005 so
this could possibly be a repeat of one of
Changeling by Mark Satchwill
amazing painting inspired by Toyah's 'The
Changeling' is now available to buy as an
8x10 print from Etsy.
As well as a print, small poster or
postcard from Red Bubble. A
great gift for any Toyah fan.
Huet: Make-Up As Art
of the pioneers of fashion make-up
artists, from Biba, London in the
seventies, to an international career in
the 1980s and 90s, Régis Huet was one of
the first make-up artists to use make-up
as art and some of his creations are
extraordinary, and extraordinarily
In 1985 Régis worked with Toyah on the
promotional imagery for 'Don't Fall In
Love (I Said)' and 'Minx'. The look was
striking but subtle and, ironically, far
removed from his more outlandish and
experimental earlier work. Imagery that
certainly inspired some of Toyah's most
adventurous early 80s visuals.
Régis eventually made Sydney, Australia
his base where he worked on the first
issue of 'Australia Vogue' among many
Changeling Resurrection: Date
Glasgow date of 'The Changeling
Resurrection' tour has been changed. The
original date of 20th April has been
rescheduled for 12th October.
tweeted today that further details
regarding this are to be announced
Fraggs: Gigs & Album News
Fraggs, support on seven dates of last
year's 'From Sheep Farming...' UK tour
and five of the upcoming 'Changeling
Resurrection' dates, has just announced
he is headlining the three-day 'Summer
Saturnalia' Festival in Yorkshire this
Summer. The festival takes place from
20-22 July, with Andi performing on
is also currently in the studio recording
his new album and will be announcing
further details on it soon. He is looking
forward to playing again to Toyah's fans
at 'The Changeling' gigs. Visit Andi's
official website here.
Changeling by Mark Satchwill
The latest painting
of Toyah by artist Mark Satchwill. Based
on 'The Changeling' imagery and the song
lyrics on the album, it's a beautiful
tribute in this 30th anniversary year.
a digital work, painted in ArtRage and
would be around 16 x 20 inches on canvas.
Mark has previously created 'Four From
Toyah' and 'The Blue Meaning' Toyah art.
Visit 'Mark Satchwill
Art', to view more of Mark's work, here.
Of The Month: Prostitute
first "Album Of The Month" and
it has to be 'Prostitute'. Not only for
being a great album but also for
including the song that this new Toyah
Newsletter takes its name from.
Released in 1988, I think this album
shocked every Toyah fan at the time. It
was the successor to 'Desire' and
couldn't have been more different but
also that title. Tame by today's
standards maybe, but in 1988 it was still
a word that Toyah couldn't even say when
she guested on TVAM.
'Prostitute' is definitely Toyah's most
experimental album to date, and her least
commercial. Using all manner of samples
and noises to create a weird, yet
addictively interesting, soundscape. It's
minimalist and raw and has Toyah sounding
quite like Kate Bush in parts, Laurie
Anderson in others. There's an abundance
of spoken and whispered vocals and
Toyah's unmistakable laugh and in
comparison to its two predecessors;
'Desire' and 'Minx' is almost a return to
the brashness of Toyah's early Safari
albums. Go on, give 'Prostitute' another
listen... View more here.
Hits Archive: March 18-31 1982
The 18-31 March
1982 issue of 'Smash Hits' has just been
added to the excellent 'Like Punk Never
Happened - Smash Hits Archive'.
issue includes a plethora of Toyah
content: Free huge poster, photo from the
'Rock & Pop Awards 1982', a full-page
advert for the VHS release of Urgh! A
Music War, and Toyah as a toddler on
a donkey in the 'From The Cots' photo
View scans of the full
issue, and every previous issue of 'Smash
Hits', at the link below.
'Fade2Grey' website has just added a
mini-feature on the band Blood Donor,
focusing on their single releases.
is, of course, mention of Toyah. Blood
Donor were also on Safari Records and the
band's keyboard player Keith Hale wrote
'It's A Mystery'.
& Star: Toyah To Headline
variety of publications, including the
'Times & Star', report on Toyah
headlining the Workington 'Decades'
80s PUNK STAR TOYAH WILLCOX WILL
HEADLINE WORKINGTON FESTIVAL
Singing star Toyah Wilcox will headline
Workingtons Decades town centre
music festival later this year.
The 1980s self-styled punk princess, best
known for chart hit Its A Mystery,
will perform at the event between May 25
Toyahs career spans 30 years and
she has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded
20 albums, presented TV programmes and
appeared on ITVs Im A
Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! She
recently starred in the West End rock
show Vampires Rock.
The Decades festival will be based around
12 pubs and clubs on the town centre
circuit and will celebrate
music from the 1960s to the 1990s. Set up
by Paul McGee, landlord of the Red House,
and run by Maryport Festivals Limited, it
promises a weekend of musical nostalgia.
Read the full report, at the
'Times & Star' website, here.
now less than a month until the first
'Changeling Resurrection' gig takes
place. The opening night is at Brighton's
Concorde 2 on Saturday 14th April.
details on the tour are available at 'The
Official Toyah Gigs' page here.
An aftershow party is also being arranged
in Brighton. View more info on this at
its Facebook Events page here.
The full dates are:
Sat 14th April: Concorde 2, Brighton
Wed 18th April: The Tunnels, Bristol
Fri 20th April: Classic Grand, Glasgow
Sun 22nd April: Bush Hall, London
Sat 28th April: Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Mon 30th April: Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Saturday 5th May: Arts Complex, Bishop's
Telegraph: Tele Lookalike
fan, and friend of Dreamscape (and now
Falling To Earth:)) Sharon Dickson, was
featured in an article in the 'Dundee
Evening Telegraph' on Tuesday 13th March.
Sharon Is The Spitting Image Of
From punk princess to accomplished
actress, Toyah Willcox has become one of
Britain's top icons.
But fans have been forced to look twice
when they've clocked eyes on Toyah's
double in and around Dundee.
Debenhams worker Sharon Dickson (41) is
the spitting image of the popular
entertainer. Sharon is more than happy
being the star's doppleganger... as she's
a massive Toyah fan.
"I'm a huge Toyah fan. I go to watch
her perform every year and I'm excited
about seeing her in Glasgow next month
when she plays at Classic Grand."
Sharon decided to send the Tele her
photograph after her mum saw our story on
Coronation Street star Sophie
Webster's lookalike. Sharon, who works in
Debenhams' perfume department, said:
"My mum saw the paper and suggested
I get in contact for a laugh. I've never
intentionally tried to look like
Click on the scan to view a larger
version of the article. (Thanks to
Toyah: 'Sheep Farming' Era
This will possibly be a
regular feature on 'Falling To Earth'.
Collecting together key images from a
specific Toyah "era". Starting
us off... Various Toyah photos from the
'Sheep Farming in Barnet' days.
TV: The Changeling Resurrection
TV' ran a competition at their website
during March to win tickets to see
Toyah's 'The Changeling Resurrection
THE CHANGELING RESURRECTION -
TOYAH WILLCOX TOUR!
Cult figure, household name and music
legend, Toyah Willcox, is touring the UK
in April with The Changeling Resurrection
Known for her exuberant, energetic live
shows, filled with colour, drama and
classic songs, Toyah's highly individual
visual style was a forerunner of Lady
GaGa and, musically, Florence & The
Machine have recently been cited as
this generations Toyah
(BBC Radio 6).
Vintage TV viewers are being
given the chance to win a pair of tickets
to any one of her six tour performances,
a fantastic prize worth more than £40.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply
answer the question on our Competitons
page. Last entries will be accepted on
Friday 30th March. Winners will be
announced during the week beginning 2nd
on TV: Tales Of The Unexpected
Tales Of The
Unexpected: Sky Arts 2: Tue 27th March:
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts 2: Wed
28th March: 1.15am Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode
1. Dropped by her agency for her
diva-like behaviour, supermodel
Marigold's mental health deteriorates.
Years later, she plots a comeback.
Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah
Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen
Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury.
Also airing on Sky Arts 2 HD.
on TV: Most Fertile Man in
Most Fertile Man In
Ireland: Sky Movies Indie: Wed 21st Mar:
Satirical comedy with Kris Marshall,
Kathy Keira Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher,
James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Olivia
Nash, Pauline McLynn, Tara Lynne O'Neill,
Toyah Willcox, Harry Towb, Marc O'Shea
and Paddy McCarney. Also airing on Sky
Movies Indie HD.
Talks 'Desire' & More
you may have missed, or might just want
to listen to again: Chris Limb's
interview with Toyah from 1987. Listen here.
There's also a full transcript of the
interview, at 'The Toyah Willcox
Interview Archive', here.
Friday Night Saturday Morning
I hope to be occasionally
bringing you some rare Toyah footage.
Here's Toyah performing 'Danced' live on Friday
Night Saturday Morning in 1980.
Awesome: Punk Reverance: Jubilee
recent, and interesting, article on Jubilee,
the film that becomes more celebrated by
the month. This one by 'Network Awesome'
After the release of Derek Jarmans
Jubilee in 1978, Vivienne Westwood,
outraged at what she saw as a
misrepresentation of punk, took to her
then preferred medium, the t-shirt, to
express her displeasure. The Open
T-Shirt to Derek Jarman, with its
wordy scrawl, is a rather confusing
cultural artifact in that it now seems
rather counterproductive. For starters,
punk certainly had more important enemies
in 1978 than a queer experimental
filmmaker and visual artist, a fellow
member of the counterculture whether she
liked it or not.
Rare 1987 Photo
incredibly rare shot of Toyah, from the
1987 'Desire' era photo shoot, has
recently been listed on eBay.
The seller is a photographer who has
taken photos of numerous pop stars and
says of this one: From my own
collection... A posed and gorgeous,
stunning, different and rare, promo 35mm
slide, a great posed close up. One of the
best we ever had. Cool pic!
Great that an unseen photo should surface
in the 25th anniversary year of 'Desire'.
Doll: A 'B-Side' Resurrected
tour-related Toyah tweet
yesterday, with some amazing news
included. 'Voodoo Doll' from 1981,
released on the 12" of 'Thunder In
The Mountains', will be included in 'The
Changeling Resurrection' setlist:
goodness VooDoo Doll is a really good
song! My B-sides rocked! Even if I say so
myself . Def in the new set."
Of course many of Toyah's
"b-sides" were better than most
band's "a-sides": Laughing With
The Fools, Street Addict, War Boys,
Alien, In The Fairground, Warrior Rock,
Baptised in Fire, I Explode, Haunted,
Snow Covers The Kiss, Plenty... (not
forgetting For You, a flexi b-side). An
almost perfect setlist in itself! A Toyah
"Blistering B-Sides" tour,
It's a Mad world:
The trailer for Jubilee has just
been uploaded to 'You Tube'. View here
and click below for larger screen caps.
The movie, Toyah's first, premiered in
1978 and just celebrated its 34th
Derek Jarman Collection: 5DVD Set
5DVD box set of Derek Jarman films is
released, by Umbrella Entertainment (who
just uploaded the trailer for Jubilee
to 'You Tube'), in Australia on 2nd May
2012. The set includes both films Toyah
starred in, Jubilee and The
The Derek Jarman Collection: DVD
A collection of five astonishing films
from a visionary British filmmaker:
Tilda Swinton, Laurence Olivier, Sean
Bean, Toyah Willcox, Adam Ant.
(1979): The tale of a potent magician,
banished by his brother and the King to
live on a desolate isle with his
daughter. Last Of England
(1988): A dark meditation on London under
(1978): Queen Elizabeth I visits late
twentieth century Britain to discover a
confronting civilisation. Sebastiane
(1976): In Rome, 300 A.D, a man is exiled
to a remote outpost populated exclusively
by men. War Requiem
(1989): A stirring visual representation
of Benjamin Brittens famed work.
Power Of Three: In America!
Your never too
old and its never too late to live
your dreams. All you need is the Power of
Next week The Power Of Three,
the film Toyah has a lead role in, plays
at two US film festivals.
The Women's International Film & Arts
Festival: March 28-April 1, taking place
in Miami and The Brooklyn Girl Film
Festival: March 29-31 in New York.
The film plays on the opening day of WIFF
and is a "Red Carpet Event",
and on Saturday 31st March at BGFF. View
further details and the film festival's
respective shedules here
(WIFF) and here
An interview with Andi Fraggs from
'Village Digital Radio' last year, just
before he supported Toyah on the 'FSFTA'
tour, has just been uploaded to 'Tou
Tube'. Andi talks to Lucy Lush about how
Toyah influenced him, his career and much
more. Listen here.
There's a great live photo of
Toyah onstage in 2008 in the magazine
feature created by 'Kelwin Design for
'Here and Now'. View it at their
portfolio page here.
A past report, from July 2011,
about Swindon Pride at 'FLIC Wiltshire'
includes a great live shot of Toyah. View
Vintage: Toyah Talks 'Stay'
ninth song choice from My Vintage,
"1992 was not
the greatest year of my life I have to
say. It was a year of massive changes and
challenges. Deeply personal things going
on, and when I first heard this song it
actually made me burst into tears,
because this song, I think, encapsulates
how women feel about letting go of
Read the full
transcript of the reasons for this song
Of, Though, Somehow: Bird in
November 1979 I had been in my first
full-time job, at an insurance company,
for around 18 months.It was
soul-destroyingly dull, a dullness only
alleviated by some of the good people I
worked with and also the chance to spend
my lunch & post-work hours hanging
out in the local independent record shop
- a matter of yards away. I spent a huge
amount of time (and money) in the place
and got to know most of the staff quite
Read the the rest of this blog here.
(Thanks to Andrew York for the photo)
Simon Fowler took some
iconic photos of Toyah in the late
70s/early 80s and he is responsible for a
handful of the best Toyah photo shoots,
as well as amazing photos of other bands.
Visit his website by clicking below.
There's another new Toyah
website on the block. Check it out
Ladies Love... The Beatles
'Ladies Love The Beatles'? A couple of
recent related pieces of news on this
Katrina Leskanich, of Katrina & The
Waves, posted on her 8th March 2012
website update: "I was in the studio
recording a couple of Beatles tracks for
a new compilation which includes Kim
Wilde, Mica Paris, Toyah and several
other female artists which will be
released in 2012".
Producer/Mixer Martin Sutton's
'Wikipedia' page has recently been
updated to include his Programming,
Instrumentation & Mixing on "The
Ladies Love...The Beatles". Artists
listed are: Mica Paris, Beverley Craven,
Des'ree, Kim Wilde, Toyah, Heather Small
and Katrina Leskanich.
Tuesday Toyah tweeted an
update on The Humans writing sessions.
"Humans last writing day. 20
songs in the demo pot! Sooooo excited!
Soooo rockin", along with a photo of
Humans Official' here,
and the 'Sugar Rush' fansite here.
To Earth: Info From The Firmament
Please click below for more
info on 'Falling To Earth'. Thanks to
everyone who sent emails and messages
about this 'site' and its predecessor.
Turning Back Time
Music Sensations Confirm Scottish Date
It may have been over 20 years since they
first burst onto the music scene with
their catchy hits, but over two decades
on, the greatest line up of eighties
music icons is coming to Glasgow for an
exclusive outdoor show this summer. Here
and Now, a concert featuring the biggest
artists from the 1980s, will take music
lovers down memory lane as a cast list of
seven pop icons take to the stage. Paul
Young will get heart rates racing when he
performs his massive number one hit,
Wherever I lay my hat, while
Rick Astleys Never Gonna Give
You Up will get the crowd on their
feet. Others include Toyah, The Real
Thing, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Belinda
Carlisle and TPau.
The night has been billed by event
organiser CK Events as the biggest party
on the green this summer. The back to
back, hit only concert takes place at
Glasgow Green, in the heart of Glasgow,
on Saturday 21 July 2012.
Tickets, priced at £36, go on sale on
Friday (9th March 2012) from
www.ticketline.co.uk. Gates open at
6.30pm on Saturday 21 July 2012.
30 By 30: Caroline Coon / Ida Kar
Women Photographers and the Women
Photographers Who Inspired Them: A
Blog Series in Honor of Womens
History Month, March 1 31
Caroline Coon is a multi-talented artist
born and based in Britain. She is a
painter, designer and photographer whose
work has been exhibited at major London
galleries, including the Saatchi Gallery
and the Tate. Her photographs are in the
National Portrait Gallery, and currently
on display at the Strand Gallery in
She-Bop-a-Lula, an exhibit celebrating
female singers captured by women
What better way to celebrate the very
first gig in Toyahs Changeling
Resurrection Tour 2012 at the Brighton
Concorde 2 than a Toyahtastic party after
the show with a soundtrack requested by
Toyah: 'Pop Rocky/Jackie' 1982
Possibly one of
Toyah's best photo shoots? Certainly one
of the most colourful. These great photos
were used in European magazine 'Pop
Rocky' and the UK's 'Jackie' in the
Summer of 1982, at the height of the
glorious 'Changeling' era.
Toyah wears various Melissa Caplan
designed outfits that were rarely seen
From yesterday evening,
possibly Toyah's best ever tweet:
"Dear fellow Changelings....
Bush Hall is about to be a sell out so
get tickets now if you are coming. :-)".
All the tour info is available by
inspires at least one new article a week.
The latest is by 'Ikono'.
punk icons appear in the film including
Jordan (a Malcolm McLaren protégé),
Toyah Willcox, Nell Campbell, Adam Ant
(born, Stuart Leslie Goddard), Demoriane
and Wayne County. It features
performances by Wayne County and Adam and
the Ants. There are also cameo
appearances by The Slits and Siouxsie and
the Banshees. The film was scored by
Changeling Brighton: Aftershow
support on five of next month's dates on
'The Changeling Resurrection' tour, Andi
Fraggs, has announced today that he will
also be performing at the after-show
party in Brighton on Saturday 14th April.
What better way to celebrate the very
first gig in Toyahs Changeling
Resurrection Tour 2012 at the Brighton
Concorde 2 than a Toyahtastic party after
the show with a soundtrack requested by
Invite your friends
and join everyone at The Jive Monkey (5
Steine Street, Brighton) just a few
minutes walk from the venue from 10pm
till 2am for drinks and plenty of TOYAH
Vintage: Toyah Talks Kate
seventh song choice from My Vintage,
'Running Up That Hill'.
"I feel really lucky to be able to
say to you I want to put this next artist
into My Vintage because she is a friend.
She's the most delightful woman, and she
is a total inspiration and a great role
model. I have loved her work since I
first heard 'Wuthering Heights' when I
was 19, listening to the radio and I
stopped in a stunned silence as I
listened to her voice. It was
breathtaking and she has continued to be
breathtaking every decade ever
Read the full transcript of Toyah talking
about Kate here.
O'Clock Show: Toyah's Meteors
August Toyah was interviewed about her
meteorite collection for BBC Radio 4's Saturday
Live in their 'Secret Life' series.
This was repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra's The
4 O'Clock Show last October.
That edition of The 4 O'Clock Show
is currently available to listen to
Be quick as it will only be online for
one more day. The seven minute clip also
includes brief bursts of The Humans'
'This Belongs To You' and Toyah's 'It's A
Observer: Bishop's Stortford
than a dozen pubs, clubs, bars and live
venues will be celebrating Bishops
Stortfords vibrant music scene as
part of next months week-long
In common with its bigger brothers like
Glastonbury, the annual Stortford Music
Festival usually held in the
grounds of St Marys Catholic School
- is taking a break for the first time in
its 14-year history.
Headlining the event will be 80s punk-pop
icon Toyah Willcox, who will mark the
30th anniversary of her album The
Changeling with a greatest hits set at
Rhodes on May 5.
Best known for 1981 breakthrough single
Its A Mystery and accompanying
album Anthem, Toyah has also enjoyed a
successful acting career, with roles in
films like cult Mod hit Quadrophenia.
More recently, she was a guest star on
ITVs Im A Celebrity Get
Me Out Of Here!
Radio: Toyah Interview
Phil Marriott announced today that he
will be interviewing Toyah later this
week on his 'Gaydar Radio' show.
show airs from 6-10pm each weeknight on
the station and can be listened to, at
their website, here.
of Toyah's most famous theatre plays, Trafford
Tanzi by Claire Luckham, is back...
At the Empire Theatre, Blackburn at the
end of this month in a production by
Blackburn College Performing Arts
Department and they even mention Toyah in
their promotion for their play.
"You are invited to cheer and boo
the characters as though you were present
at an actual wrestling match.
Toyah Willcox was famous for her
fantastic characterisation of Tanzi. This
is a superb play you would be crazy to
Humans... At Work & Play!
Toyah has been tweeting,
over the last few days, about The Humans.
Bill Rieflin has recently arrived in the
UK, and inbetween writing songs for The
Humans' third album (referred to as
Humans 3 by Toyah) a number of practical
jokes have been played on Bill. Most
consisting of various objects being
placed on his bed.
So far the tally is: A whole pineapple,
followed by a hoover, then it was
Willyfred the rabbit and a roll of gaffer
tape. Bill also had two tangerines and a
banana put in his shoes :)
Toyah also tweeted on 16th March: "Humans
wrote 5 great song ideas y"day. We
are on a roll." and today:
"The Humans have written 17
ideas in three days! Just going over them
with fine tooth comb."
From 'Sugar Rush: The Humans Fan
Page': Bill Rieflin has
co-produced the single "Crush
Vaccine" by Atomic Bride, a band
from Seattle, with a new album out 23rd
May called "Dead Air".
Visit 'The Humans Official' here,
and the 'Sugar Rush' fansite here.
The 'Cult Queens' blog,
"Psychotronic Eye Candy!",
featured Toyah, in Devil Queen mode, this
week. Quite right!
Haakon & Toyah
a brief Q&A with Norwegian musician
Haakon Rian Ueland at 'Fandalism'. He
Who was your biggest musical
influence growing up?
Toyah. What an amazing artist!
Not Dead!: Toyah Pin-Up
The seriously good
'Gods & Alcoves' blog recently added
a link to the 1980 magazine 'Punk's Not
Dead!'. It features a Toyah pin-up from
the (in)famous 1979 Simon Fowler photo
Punks Not Dead! magazine
edition one available online
Following hot on the heels of all 11
editions of Punk! Lives being
available online, I found another punk
magazine - Punks Not Dead!
(1980) available online via Scribd.
Obviously the exclamation mark is
critical in the naming of any Punk!
Although it is focussed on Punk (duh) it
has interviews/photos of Killing Joke,
Theatre of Hate and Toyah worth a
look! According to one blog
View the 'Gods & Alcoves' post here.
View the scanned 'Punk's Not Dead!'
Willcox: My Vintage: Song Links
The full 12-song
soundtrack to Toyah's My Vintage.
The programme is currently airing on
on each of the songs below to read in
detail what Toyah said about each of her
song choices. More soon!
Toyah's first six song
choices from My Vintage... View
full transcripts of what she said about
each by clicking on the song links above.
Willcox: My Vintage
guested on Vintage TV's My Vintage
on Tuesday 13th March in a 90 minute
Toyah was a rebellious child, but the
arrival of rock 'n roll reinvented her
life and gave her grounding. Here she
shares with us her most-loved songs:
those that brought her back to where she
chose an eclectic selection of her
favourite songs (see above for the full
list) and recalled why they had become
Toyah: Monthly Online Live Tracks
official website will be offering
visitors exclusive live tracks each month
as Toyah's Changeling Tour and summer
festival/concert dates approach. At the
beginning of each month an exclusive live
track recorded from Toyah's extensive
2011 tour dates will feature on the Gigs
The live tracks will be available to
listen to for a limited time only with a
new track replacing it each month. These
live tracks are a taster for a special
live album release planned for digital
release in autumn/winter of 2012.
Listen to the first, 'Latex
Messiah', live at Manchester Academy, here.
The Sofa: Book To Go Ahead!
The charity Doctor Who
book, 'Behind The Sofa', in which Toyah
contributes a memory, will go ahead after
'Radio Times' reported in early March:
Doctor Who charity book
threatened by PayPal dispute: Behind the
Sofa may not be published after payments
Behind the Sofa, a limited-edition
charity book full of celebrities'
reminiscences about Doctor Who, may not
now be published following the decision
of online payments service PayPal to
freeze the account of the project's
All profits from the 200-page book were
to be given to Alzheimer's Research UK.
But payments for pre-orders which
were to be used by editor Steve Berry to
fund the manufacture and distribution of
the book have today been frozen by
PayPal had been taking payments directly
by credit and debit card, as well as from
customers with PayPal accounts. Berry may
now have to fund the book himself.
The book was to feature contributions
from, among many others: Paul Whitehouse,
Michael Grade, Rufus Hound, Stephen
Merchant, Charlie Brooker, Hugh
Bonneville, Al Murray, Bill Oddie, Chris
Chibnall, Jeremy Dyson, Jonathan Ross,
Josie Long, Terrance Dicks, Martina Cole,
Mitch Benn, Neil Gaiman, Nicholas
Parsons, Paul Cornell, Toyah Willcox and
Tracy Ann Oberman.
Read the full article, at the
'Radio Times' website, here.